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KEPHART, Ezekiel Boring, bishop of the United Brethren in Christ, born in Decatur, Pennsylvania, 6 November, 1834. He was licensed to preach in 1857, entered the ministry in 1859, and became principal of Michigan collegiate institute, Leonti, Michigan, in 1865, in which year he was graduated at Otterbein university, Ohio. He accepted a pastorate in Pennsylvania in 1866, became president of Western college, Iowa, in 1868, and in 1881 was raised to the episcopate. Otterbein university gave him the degree of D.D. in 1881. Bishop Kephart served in the state senate of Iowa in 1871-'5.
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